Collage Creation

Nina_Simone_detailA 1-Day COLLAGE Workshop with RHONDA BARRETT

WHEN:  Sunday 4 June  from 9 am-5 pm  

WHERE:   At Main & Station, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, B0M 1S0


The Big Print Giveth
Newspaper on canvas

WHAT:   The word collage comes from the French, coller, or ‘to glue’. It is a type of art production involving the assemblage of parts or different mediums into a new whole.

The term was first used by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in the early 20th century. They are known to have used hair, newspaper, sand, cloth, feathers and tickets on their artwork and trhe juxtaposition of the items used created a new meaning to both the individual items and the piece overall.  The act of gluing different materials together for art’s sake was known before this. Japanese poets would glue texted papers together into poems, and numerous examples of scrapbook type photo-collages were found to exist in the late 19th century. Since Picasso and Braque’s time, numerous artists have experimented and explored collage and developed myriad styles and techniques.

This one day workshop is dedicated to expanding knowledge of collage techniques and artists and to learning the techniques of collage used by artist Rhonda Barrett. Rhonda will discuss her own definition, ideas, and techniques of modern collage. The workshop will include a discussion of how to protect finished pieces. See below for details and to register.


INSTRUCTOR: Rhonda Barrett 

Rhonda is an artist from Newfoundland, currently living in Nova Scotia, whose experimentation with mediums has brought her to paper collage and the joy that can be found in little bits of paper glued to canvas. Her pieces are created from newspaper as it has been printed; there is no dying or painting of the paper. This method was chosen in an attempt to reuse that which has already been created.

Being heavily trained in dance, yoga and physical fitness also influences Rhonda as she accompanies her work through expressive pieces in which her own body is used to create art. Rhonda was a founding member of Illusion Studio in St. John’s, Newfoundland which promoted many types of art creation and hosted numerous exhibits and events.

Years later Rhonda believes that the fine arts are simply one way to express oneself, and is focused on using dance, music, poetry, visual art and other types of media to support her work in a dynamic display of expression.

To learn more about Rhonda Barrett and what she is doing and where, please visit and

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The objectives of this workshop are:

  • To introduce multiple types of collage and collage artists.
  • To complete 3 quick collage activities using a variety of techniques.
  • To complete one collage on canvas using Rhonda’s techniques.




The workshop is open to anyone 10 years and older.  Participants should have enough dexterity to work with a cutting tool.

If you have any questions, email us at


  • Cutting Tool
  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Canvas
  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Ephemera and other objects, including but not limited to: scraps of metal, paint, buttons, paper, fabric, photographs, plastic, wood, feathers, et cetera

All materials will be provided.

Participants may bring along images or objects they would like to incorporate into a collage but it is not necessary.

Participants who already do collage and have their own cutting tools or cutting mats are encouraged to bring them but it is not necessary.


If you will be coming from out of town, please let us know if you need any help or information, such as with directions or accommodations.


Cost/Participant: Adult $100 + hst = $115.00

Youths aged 10 -17 years: $65 + hst = $74.75


Nina Simone
Newspaper on canvas
Rhonda Barrett


To register, please fill in the form below and send your payment to reserve your place, or send an email to or call 514-979-3978.  An email will be sent to confirm your registration and receipt of your payment.  If you do not receive confirmation within 5 days, please contact us.



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If you wish to pay by cheque or cash, stop in and see us or mail it to Main & Station, 168 Main Street, PO Box 507, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia B0M 1S0

Please be sure to fill in the registration form above so that we can reserve your place immediately.

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